American novelist and screenwriter, well-known for “WHICHEVER Happened to Baby Jane?,” the traditional gothic horror tale. He wrote brief stories along with a book before embracing screenplays. He also published the screenplays for “Hush…Hush, Nice Charlotte” from 1964 and “What’s the problem With Helen?” from 1971. He wedded celebrity Molly Dodd. His film, “What’s THE PROBLEM with Helen?,” starred Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters.